Bridgestone has finally signed the agreement with Dorna Sports making it the only tire supplier for MotoGP for the next three seasons. Last season saw for Michelin dwindle as Bridgestone became the favorite shoe in the paddock, so much so that Dani Pedrosa jumped ship mid-season, leaving teammate Nicky Hayden behind who was not given the same option to switch to Bridgestone. The agreement comes about as Dorna tries to further reduce cost and make closer wheel-to-wheel racing. Continue reading for more.
During the announcement, Bridgestone Motorosport Director Hiroshi Yasukawa commented that “we are dedicated to our support of MotoGP and being chosen as the official tire supplier shows the high regard in which we are held by the sport in which we have been involved since 2002. Our participation in MotoGP is an important element of our position as the foremost tyre supplier in motorsport.”
Beyond the small tire mutiny that occurred last season, Dorna hopes that the single tire rule will make for more exciting and closer races, while simultaneously reducing costs to the teams. Depending on your school of thought, the single tire rule may or may not imply closer races, but it certainly will help teams already on Bridgestones cut costs. We’ll have to wait and see if the same can be said about those teams who were running Michelins last season.